Villa Rose Senior Living Community residents stand in front of a Community Hope Center toy drive collection barrel.
BETHALTO — Residents and friends of Villa Rose Senior Living Community recently joined together to donate items for the Community Hope Center’s toy drive.
The Cottage Hills center is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families experiencing poverty and homelessness in the Riverbend with programs that meet their individual needs. The center does not get any state funding and is solely supported by local businesses, foundations and private donations.
Each year at Christmas, they place barrels at local businesses, seeking donations for boys and girls ages 1 through 12. This year their focus was on large gifts, worth $20 or more. Villa Rose’s residents and family and friends jam-packed the barrel and had to start a box of items to go along with it.
“We received games, puzzles, large stuffed animals, along with several building block-type toys,” a press release from Villa Rose states. “Most of us have more than we need at Christmas, and it’s nice to be able to do something for those in our community who are less fortunate.”